To all my neighbors who think they have some right to tell us what to do with our land, here is your chance to make it your own! You want to put in a community garden? Go right ahead! You just have to buy the land from us first. You want us gone? Then Make Us Move! So get all of your noisy, little gossiping friends together and pool your money, because if your can come up with $200,000 we will sell it to you to do with it as you please. You don't think the land is worth that much? Well then too bad, that's our price. We don't have to sell, we can continue with our little farm or maybe we'll sell it to a developer and you can have houses behind your backyard instead of a couple goats. Here is a link to the listing on Zillow. So if you want us to pack up and put our animals else where, put your money where your mouth is!
So the Zoning Board meeting is tomorrow.... good news is that we have about a dozen contingency plans if the variance doesn't go through :) I can be a conniving little bitty when I what to be. I just hope the variance goes through and that’s the end of it; of course knowing my community as I do I doubt this will be the last we hear of the psycho hag and her minions.
Egg Update: 22 of my 27 eggs are developing! ;)
So the lady who said that there are restrictions on our property just won't give up! She is telling people that no matter what she is going to make sure we are not allowed to keep our animals on the property! Jees, really she doesn't even live by our property and we never even met her before this, so what is her issue!?
Ok so here is the link to the forum topic I posted on BYC about the varience issue LINK
and here are the comments currently on the Press-Republican page.
greenacres2 Today 11:15 AM
Maybe the neighbors would like a section-8 housing complex on the 13 acres instead. Drugs and violence would be so much better than farm animals. Unbelieveable.
passnod Today 11:30 AM in reply to greenacres2
Ah yes, resort to instilling fear of low income housing and the residents of such. The issue with these animals is that they are in close proximity to a residential neighborhood that has been in existence for over 50 years and has NOT allowed anything but domestic animals. Having a pig/chicken farm in the back yard will diminish quality of life here and will adversely affect property values. Ask the people who live near the poultry farm in Chazy. The people who want to have these animals here do not even LIVE here! If they had a home on the property, they would not have needed the variance to begin with. There is a legal process and they need to follow it.
greenacres2 55 minutes ago in reply to passnod
There is 13 acres not 1 or 2.
There is a huge difference between a pig/chicken farm and someone who wants to raise the animals for their own consumption. That is what these people want to do. Not have 200 chickens and 300 pigs to sell to the public.
It doesn't matter if they live there or not they own the property and should be allowed to do with it what they want.
You sound like a neighbor who should go back to the city and keep eating that processed crap that is sold in the stores. If you only knew what was injected into that steak you just bought you would think twice about shooting down someone who doesn't want to be poisioned.
passnod Today 11:56 AM in reply to greenacres2
I might also add that the environment that these animals will create (food troughs, feces) will attract rodents and other predatory animals. How attractive does that sound? Can you honestly say that you'd like to have that on top of your neighborhood rec park or your yard? Not so much, I'll bet.
greenacres2 16 minutes ago in reply to passnod
Well your preaching to the wrong person. I happen to own an 8 acre farm in CT and with proper manure management and feed storage the smell and rodents are minimum to none.
There are predatory animals all around not due to the "environment that these animals will create", but due to developments be erected all over the place and displacing them.
Its funny how the two closest neighbors don't seem to have a problem with the small farm.
I beleive I have a friend from the BYC community defending me! :)
We made the news! the Press-Republican news paper to be exact. Click here to view the article on the Press-Republican's website or continue reading below.
UPDATE: Well, my friend and I went down to the county on Friday and it appears that there are no restrictions on my family’s property (so far) we still have a few more deeds to pull.
On a more negative note, we completed the goat/sheep house on Sunday with the help of Jeff’s family and a friend. We were able to get it all set up and the males and females separated; all that is left is to finish the roof (we have a tarp over it right now). Anyways, we figured that the codes and zoning officer would be getting some calls saying we are building, so we sent him an email to forewarn him. We may not have gotten a variance for the barn, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t construct a small 8x12 building for the sheep/goats. We got a response from the code enforcement office on Monday saying that while they appreciated the heads up that they HAD gotten numerous complaints and they still had to go out and check it out to make sure we are in compliance, which it turns out we are so :P to all those people that complained. I really don’t know what those people expected us to do, it’s getting cold out and the shelter that we originally put up was just not sufficient for the winter. Did they expect us to just let our animals freeze? I can understand not wanting us to start some huge farming operations, but I don’t see what the issue is with building shelter for the animals we already have on the property.
Oh, before I forget kudos to Shirley and Sue for standing up for us during the Zoning meeting! You made the whole nightmarish meeting more bearable!
So the Zoning Board meeting to get the variance to build the barn last night didn't go how we planned. In short some lady found some deed from the 1950's saying that there can't be agriculture on our property, so the Zoning Board won't approve our variance until we get proof that there is no such restriction on the property. Also, during the meeting it came to my attention that the people that are upset about us having animals have no idea what our actual plans are for the property. So, I wrote up the following letter to explain to our neighbors exactly what we have planned.